Haitian relief and cultural relativism09/11/08 Robert Lorei
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Welcome to WMNF's Radioactivity. I'm Rob Lorei. First up today, Hurricane Ike swept through Haiti and Cuba this week- killing dozens of people.
In Haiti, the situation is particularly bleak because four tropical storms have hit the country in the last month, killing more than 300 people. In some places roads and bridges remain impassible. Two local people have launched a grassroots effort to help the people of Haiti. They are Paul and Betty Nelson. I spoke with them earlier about the situation in Haiti.
Tonight at Eckerd College's Fox Hall there will be a lecture by a Princeton University professor who some are comparing to the classic Greek philosophers. He is Kwame Anthony Appiah and he was named one of the top 100 public intellectuals by Prospect/Foreign Policy in 2008.
In his book Cosmopolitanism: Ethics in a Global World of Strangers, Ghanian born Appiah tackles the debate between global values, with its tendency to impose outside norms on others, and cultural relativism, with its implicit conviction that gulfs in understanding cannot be bridged. That's what he'll talk about tonight at Eckerd at 7:30. I spoke with him earlier this week.